Have you ever wondered what NASA saw on your birthday? Wonder no more. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble space telescope, NASA created a website where you can check what space looked like on the day you were born.

Hubble explores the universe 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It has observed all sorts of cosmic delights and now – thanks to the new NASA website – you can see what the cosmos looked like on your special day.

How to see what NASA saw on your birthday?

Far away from the haze of the Earth’s atmosphere, Hubble’s lens can watch events unfold in the distant past – viewing galaxies more than 13.4 billion light years from Earth.

To view what image the Hubble telescope captured on your birthday, input the day and month you were born into the website.

For instance, this is what NASA saw on my birthday:

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Although not taken on my birth year (oops, age spoiler alert), it’s still cool to take a sneak peek at what the universe looked like while I was celebrating on Earth.

What other features are on the new NASA website?

A page called 30 Years, 30 Images is particularly interesting. It shows 30 photos of space, one taken each year Hubble has been in orbit. Each photo also includes the year and the location in space the photos captured.

Photo by Shot by Cerqueira on Unsplash

You can also see a list of birthday greetings for Hubble, as well as information about the history of the renowned space telescope.

If you’re a fan of space and interested in knowing what’s out there, make sure you check out NASA’s neat new feature.

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